Amba burnt herself

Alive, she was conquered (?)

Against her will

With out her consent

By one man , for another man

From her man……


Sita walked through fire

To prove her fidelity

To prove that she did not

succumb to Stockholm syndrome

Draupadi  is remembered

for marrying five men

And being disrobed before

hundreds of brothers


Who was supposed to burn salwa or Amba ?

Who was unhurt Rama or Sita ?

Who defined Draupadi ‘s sexual choices ?


I meet  the same women

after centuries…

Outside  Amar Chithra

Katha comics

Not in tune of Hari Katha


In less sexy attires

In the green gowns

of Intensive care units….

In burns ward , slit wrists

Ligatured necks

Fractured hips……

I ask  them , can you find

another way ?


Can you stop being angry

with your selves ?

Can you forgive his desire over yours ?

Can you stop repeating

History ?

Can you spare my memory ?

Sometimes they rewrite

their stories ….

My lips curl in a weak smile….

( Poem is based on Mahabharath , Amba is a princess who is chosen by the most valorous king in a contest , her lover is defeated in the contest hence he refuses to marry her. Draupadi is won by Arjun a king but she is asked to bed all his 4 brothers by her mother-in law. So she is an example of polyandry that was not her choice. Sita spends time in her abductor’s custody without surrendering to his desire yet is suspected to be infidel and subjected to test of chastity to prove to the world she is chaste )

Painting is from Albert Museum in Jaipur. Draupadi’s disrobing was painted by Mughals . Hence the subtitles are in Arabic. As Akbar was married to a Hindu princess Jodha. And founded Din Ilahi a secular religion.

5 thoughts on “HER -STORY

  1. Women have been strong since ages and it’s just they chose actions over words.
    Another masterpiece of writing.
    Keep writing and tell everyone how powerful medium it is, to bring about change. 🙂


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